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Getting My Own Address news - August 2013
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Community Events
Friendship Club Autism Social
Saturday, August 24
7-11 p.m.
St. Anastasia Activity Center
4571 John R Road, Troy MI
for information

Autism Anti-Bullying Event with Anthony Ianni

Thursday, September 12

6-7:30 p.m.

Banquet room at Oakland University, Oakland Center





OUCARES after Hours Adult Social

Tuesday, September 17

6-9 p.m.

Oakland University, Oakland Center

For more information,




Fars 50's Party

Friday, September 20

6:30-9 p.m.

Cross of Christ Lutheran Church

1100 Lone Pine Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI


College for People with ASD

Thursday, October 3

6-7:30 p.m.

Gold Rooms in the Oakland Center
Oakland University 





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 Michigan Supporting & Including Brothers and Sisters

2013 State Conference

Friday, October 25-Saturday, October 26

Crowne Plaza Hotel

27000 S. Karevich Dr.

Novi, MI


GMOA logo Greetings! 

Welcome to the August issue of the Getting My Own Address 
e-newsletter! Each e-newsletter will bring you information and resources related to exploring, learning about, and creating successful long-term housing plans for individuals with disabilities, no matter what level or type of support they require to move into their own home.  This is for you - so please let us know if there is something you want to know more about!

Also, please check out for more housing resources.

CHN will be presenting Getting My Own Address at the OCCMHA Self-Determination Conference, "Whose Life Is It Anyway?"

Are you ready to move out of your current housing, but you're not sure how? Do you want to learn more about your options? 
Parents, are you trying to get your son or daughter to think about getting his or her own place or just want to learn how and what to be involved in?   
If so, come to the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority's annual Self-Determination Conference on Monday, August 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  at Somerset Inn in Troy. This conference is free and space is limited, so please make sure to register


CHN's Getting My Own Address program will be a topic for one of the morning break-out sessions.  Chuck Bratton, CHN housing resource manager, and Linda Ronan Brown, housing resource consultant and mother to Ross, 25, and Bryan, 23, (who may make a cameo appearance) will be presenting.  This is a presentation geared to individuals and those supporting them as they explore the idea of getting their own address. As a testament to GMOA guide, Linda's sons have been living in their own house with a roommate and supports for five years!  

Michigan Autism Council Adult Services Subcommittee Workgroup on Living Arrangements 

The Michigan Autism Council's executive subcommittee on Adult Services met July 30 in Lansing.  The Living Arrangements workgroup is being co-chaired by Pat Kemp from Autism Alliance of Michigan and Linda Ronan Brown from CHN. 

While a group has been meeting since April 2013, they are still recruiting members and gathering data on existing housing models in Michigan and successful models to investigate in other states. Due to limited data and research on effective practice in creating living arrangements, they will be blazing new trails.

If you are interested in being part of the Living Arrangements Workgroup as either a core member who will assist us in research, data collection, and creating and implementing an action plan, or as an advisory member who will review and give input on the plan and deliverables created, please fill out the application form at:,4848,7-294-63678_63846---,00.html  and return it to Kaitlyn Longoria at  

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United for Homes Michigan Campaign: The problems at hand

For the 7.1 million American households for whom even a modest rental home is unaffordable and unavailable, life is a daily struggle for survival. Families in this situation find themselves making impossible choices between food and rent. When illness, job loss or other tragedy strikes, they often become homeless. Michigan residents are struggling with a shortage of available and affordable housing, facing difficulty becoming homeowners and even renters. As a result, many working individuals and families in Michigan are living without the stability and opportunities a home provides.


First, there is a lack of affordable housing in Michigan. Affordability, as defined by the federal standard, means that no more than 30% of a household's gross income should be spent on gross housing costs. Households paying more than 30% of their income are considered cost burdened. Households paying more than 50% of their income are considered severely cost burdened. In Michigan, homeownership has stopped becoming an option as even renting is more costly than most working individuals and families can afford.

  • According to the study "Priced Out in 2012," the national average rent for a modest one-bedroom rental unit was $758, equal to 104% of the national average monthly income of a one-person SSI household. In other words, it was virtually impossible for a single adult receiving SSI to afford rental housing in the community unless they had some type of permanent rental subsidy.
  • According to the Out of Reach data collected by the National Low Housing Income Coalition, renters in Michigan need to earn $14.77 per hour in order to afford a basic apartment, while minimum wage rests at only $7.40 per hour.
  • Working at the minimum wage in Michigan, a family must have two wage earners working full-time or one full-time earner working 80 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment.
  • The typical renter in Michigan earns $11.99, which is $2.78 less than the hourly wage needed to afford a modest unit.
  • An estimated 26% of renters in Michigan do not earn enough to afford a two-bedroom unit at the Fair Market Rent (40th percentile of gross rents for typical, non-substandard rental units).
  • There are only 28 affordable housing units available for every 100 extremely low income renters (income at or below 30% of AMI) in the state of Michigan. This means that there is a shortage of 234,068 units of available and affordable housing for these Michigan renters, making the task of finding stable rental housing an increasingly difficult challenge.  

If the lack of affordable and accessible housing has had an impact on you or a family member and you would like to speak on video or speak to local representatives please send an email to Chuck Bratton at

GMOA Support Groups

Oakland County GMOA support groups to resume in September

Troy GMOA Support Group
570 Kirts Blvd., Suite 231, Troy
6-8 p.m. (third Tuesday of the month)
  • August meeting canceled
  • September 17: Person-Centered Planning and Housing Goals presented by Chuck Bratton from Community Housing Network
  • October 15: Social Security & Work Incentives presented by Paul Landry from United Cerebral Palsy
  • November 19: "Ask the Direct Care Provider", John Williams, Executive Director from Progressive Lifestyles, Inc
  • No December Meeting
  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 18
  • April 15
  • May 20
  • June 17

Milford GMOA Support (New Location)

Milford High School 

2380 S. Milford Road, Milford

6-8 p.m. (second Thursday of the month)

  • September 12: Person-Centered Planning and Housing Goals presented by Chuck Bratton
  • October 10: Life Planning for a Child with Special Needs presented by Minoti Rajput and Mehul Mistry from Secured Planning Services
  • November 14
  • No December Meeting
  • January 9
  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8
  • June 12
  With support from:

Community Housing Network | 248-928-0111 | |
570 Kirts Boulevard, Suite 231
Troy, MI 48084

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